Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1979-01-10
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Recorded by .
12th row center stage with Sony ECM-280 mics > Sony 158
Master Cassette was played back on a Nak Dragon > Sony PCM R-700 for the A > D
Thanks to Robert Donnelly for the disks.
Cdparanoia by Jeff Kempka on 4/27/2000.
- FOB made with Nak 300's and Sony TC-158 > DAT > Soundforge > CDR; CDR > Cdparanoia > SHN
- Uniondale, NY
- Taped by
- Keith Gatto
- Transferred by
- Nassau Coliseum
Subject: I Knew they'd play Dark Star
Well, I didn't necessarily believe this even though it came from a good source. And my friend didn't believe it either and said he'd see me the next night (another very good show, as it turned out).
Anyway the boys were in a good mood (I'm guessing some good NYC blow) and had a lot of energy, as did the crowd. Love that Tennessee Jed. Weir is hilarious ("everybody polka?").
And that second set? Maybe not the best performance of all the songs ever, but St. Stephen and Wharf Rat and of course Dark Star in one set? The place almost came off the foundation.
I see that someone said Jerry gave it a "C." Not sure where that came from but I saw the Dead about 100 times and JGB a bunch, and Jerry was the last to walk off the stage that night, and he was waving to the crowd with a huge grin on his face. He usually wasn't into showing much emotion on stage. That's what I remember most from the show, him walking of, smiling and waving and basking in the applause for a job well done.
So, it's probably a 4-star show, but for the set list, the energy, and that Jerry smile, I bumped it up to a 5. Also, having heard a lot of audience tapes, this one is pretty clear and the audience sounds aren't too annoying, so you get a real feel for the show.
To this day, I tease my old friend for not taking that ticket (it was probably 12 bucks). In fact, I just sent him a link to this tape!
Subject: I will still sing you love songs
I was at the Branford show 10 years later just happened to have a bed sheet that read LAST NASSAU DARK STAR 1/10/79
little did I know they would be playing it that very evening.
But I was so blown away that I didn't remember to break out the bedsheet until after the concert which was funny but anti-climactic.
I don't pick up Donna until JED.
To each their own but give me a pristine board any day. It is cool to hear this but the reason I gravitate towards boards is because if possible I would have been side stage every single show and a good board does that in spades.
Also I find it much more intriguing to hear the banter between the band rather than audience chatter.
Oh well better than seeds and stems or smoking banana peels.
5 for the show
less for no soundboard.
opinions are like butt holes, we all got one.
Subject: My First and Only St. Stephen
Subject: A January Gem
Subject: Dark Star...
Peace and gratefulness…..
Subject: better than many of the Dark Stars from '71-'74 (what!)
You must be doesd right now because while it does not suck to compare it to anything from '71-74 is laughable. It may have been great to see, but it wasn't near anthing from the ealry 70's.
Subject: Jimkrum is an asshole!!
Subject: amazing shakedown!!
Subject: Shake Your Bones, '79 style!
Don't turn your back on this EPIC 2nd set because of a little crowd noise. 5 min into Shakedown and you'll be thanking yourself already
"Everyone was screaming for a song called Dark Star so I screamed for it too"
who wouldn't want to hear Dark Star? haha thats a great first time story. Thanks for sharing!
Subject: the clapping. ugh
Subject: excellent aud
Subject: Great show from underrated year
My favorite Shakedown ever. (I didn't say 'best', just my favorite). Intricate Jerry notes and a killer sustained and gritty solo before the coda.
Outstanding DarkStar, killer Miracle (featuring a looooong and hard rockin' Jerry guitar jam), and an overall brilliant show. The following night was my first show ever. Not as good as this one but no slouch either.
Sound quality, especially for an aud, is 4 stars at least. Show is an easy 5. DL highly recommended.
Subject: All-Around Great Show!!
Subject: like it
Subject: Stream Only?
Does anyone know why this and some other AUD's are now stream only. I'm lucky I downloaded it a week or two ago!
5 for performance, 4 1/2 for sound
Subject: Just like being there!
like this one. Being able to hear the crowd
cheering, clapping and singing along really
helps transport you to the show.
Awesome quality for an aud, and good playing
Subject: Clean playing, great set list
The playing throughout the whole show is excellent, and the boys are sharp. Jerry's voice is a little off, something that become more and more common as the years passed. I thought the very first reviewer here had good comments about the end of an era, as one of Keith and Donna's last shows, and last good shows.
Subject: Big show
My kudos to the taper who managed to make a superior aud (I tend to prefer boards since my hearing has aged) in a building that is notorious for bad acoustics. The show is a definite 5. The recording is worth a 5 or better just for getting a nice sounding recording in that concrete tomb!
Subject: Fav post-74 Dark Star
Subject: is there a board of this show??
Subject: My First Show
Everyone was screaming for a song called Dark Star so I screamed for it too then a guy leans in to me and says "dude their doin' it" I was baked and had no idea when this new song started but I did know this was the start of my love affair with the Dead that would last over 200+ shows.
I think the quality is great for an audience tape. I like the energy and knowing this was my first show **********.
Subject: Dead 79'
Subject: How about this!
Subject: The Spaceship Landed
Subject: Chuck Berry lives in 79!
Subject: get it
Subject: My First Dead Show
Subject: Not sure why no one stepped up here...
Whole first set is good but loser>music ripping.... Set II is a Winterland caliber show in Uniondale NY and presages the Wynton show 10 years hence. Donna is on and reminds us why she was nice to have around on shakedown, bertha, miracle, dark star is luminescent and Donna's last as she was not on stage when they played this in Buffalo 10 days later.
Not sure if anyone else agree but think it can be argued this represents the last of that legendary '76,'77,'78 era any doubters can consider that they shuttered St Stephen until 4 1/2 years later at the Garden 10/11/83 (352 shows).
One last thought, when shakedown came out alot of people were conflicted over whether or not is was heretical to like shakedown as this was a 'sellout' disco song... you can hear the muted response from the crowd and this was the height of the 'disco sucks' movement where they steamrolling disco albums - this version goes along way to winning over doubters - just got to poke around rap goes on forever....
This deserves a 5 as it is a superior show, great quality, and is a milestone whether they knew it or not.
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